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Monday, September 22, 2014

Digi Card Creations with Doodle Pantry (Challenge 50)

Dabbling into digital crafting wasn't a direction I thought I'd find myself going.  So here I am starting to make more digital creations.  Why digi?  It comes down to the dollars and time.  Double that appeal for me simply because of where I live.  Getting things to and from the arctic is costly and delivery can take weeks.  The allure of no shipping costs with little wait times for downloading easily justifies digi's in my book.    Not only that, digi files are not consumable like regular papercrafting supplies.  Files can be used over and over again.  This means I only have to buy once and reuse for as long as I own the file.

One of the digi stores I find myself frequently shopping at is Doodle Pantry.  They have tons of products I can use for the Ladies Ministry at church and for my other general card making needs.  Shopping at Doodle Pantry is very affordable.  They range from free, free with purchase, up to $4.  There might be items that cost more than $4 but I haven't come across them yet.  I love that you can find pre-colored sets too.  These sets include coordinating digi papers and sentiments.  For the one low price you getting it all.  LOVE THAT! 

Doodle Pantry has made it easy for me to become a digital collector.  Their products are affordable and fun.  At this point I can't imagine going all digi.  I like stamps, dies, inks, paper crafting techniques, and designer papers too much to completely transition.  As it is, I am still embellishing my digi card fronts with physical embellishments too. 

Inkcicles ~ Digi Card with Doodle Pantry, DPDC50

This card was made for their Digital Challenge #50.  I'm so excited to be earning "Cheer Spirit" for making this card.  Everyone that submits a Doodle Panty creation before the Challenge deadline can earn it for themselves too. 

Thanks for letting me blab on about my digi adventures.  If you are a digi crafter, let me know where you shop for your digital supplies.  You can be my "Digi-Enabler"!

Smiles,
~Nancy

Scripture Verse from my studies today:  "Order my steps in thy word: and let not any inquity have dominion over me."  Psalm 119:133

Monday, April 7, 2014

Digi Design Cards

Hello!  I made these easy card creations with digi designs from the Doodle Pantry.  They are having an "It's My Birthday Month" super sale and I picked up many-many-many fun sets.  I was so inspired by all my new goodies that in less than twenty-four hours I put together these two cards.  Both are for my sweetie.  I like to send him cards while I am traveling or surprise him with one when he needs some encouragement.   Either way these will do.

Old Watch ~ Doodle Pantry LLC

Here I challenged myself to only use Doodle Pantry designs and plain cardstocks.  Everything came together rather quickly.   It was so satisfying to get these put together. 
 
Pug Hugs & Kissy Lips ~ Doodle Pantry LLC

So what do you think?  Do you use digi's?

SMILES,
~Nancy

LINKS:
Doodle Pantry LLC
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Doodle Pantry LLC Specials
Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge 45


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Embroidery Pattern Peacock Card

Peacock Embroidery Card

Yes indeed!  I used an embroidery pattern as the main image for this card.  The image was too inspiring to resist not turning it into a card.  I feel so peaceful when I'm in the "coloring zone".  It was a tad of a challenge to get started with so many colors to choose from.  Once I got started each layer of ink blended so well.  I had to stop myself from adding too much.  For dimension and bling I added Stickles and Glossy Accents.  It really helped to pop out the peacock's flowing tail. 

Supplies

To balance the bright image I also used lots of dimensional embellishments.  Here I layerd fluffy flowers with ribbon swirls and pearl sprays.  The ribbon boarder was also layered with three types of ribbon.  Puffy paint was applied along the image boarder whereas I inked in the card boarder.   I loved putting this creation together.  It challenged me from the get go and now that I am done I can't wait to color up another one. 

Tail Details: Copic Markers, Stickles & Glossy Accents  

That's it for today!  Thank you for clicking in!

SMILES,
~Nancy

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Handmade Flowers Digi Card Creation




 Hello everyone!  Big SMILES for stopping by! 
  
Every now and then I get the hankering to make something crafty.  Something crafty that isn't what I usually make like a card or mini-book.  When I have this hankering I keep my hands busy by assembling floral embellishments.  Putting together these tiny baubles doesn't take much creative power just concentration and they are perfect for satisfying my need for craftiness.

Hand Assembled Floral Embellishments ~ Inkcicles.com

Each flower embellishment takes approximately three flat flowers.  A fourth flower can be added to make it fluffier.  Prima Marketing, Inc flowers were used to concoct the pink embellies.  Whereas the black/grey ones were from Recollections.  Either brand is easy to use and gives the same effect.  I try to make at least a trio of each color and size that came in the bottle.     

Digi Card ~ Inkcicles.com
 
These kind of floral embellishments can be purchased already assembled but for me I find great satisfaction making them myself.  It feels awesome to get these guys pumped out.  Especially since I have way too many lonely flat flowers that need to be put to use.  Honestly, I don't know what I have more of papers, ribbons, or flowers?  With that being said I better end this post and go make something special with my neglected supplies!

Thanks for checking in on me!

Smiles,
~Nancy

Here's a link to a previous post on the tutorial I used to DIY flowers:  CLICK HERE

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From Dream to Reality #109
 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sew Fun Cards

So did we adventure out yesterday?  Yep, we did go out.  The original plan was to stay snuggled in but we wound up braving the cold to do some unexpected errands.  I have to be honest here...  when you live in the arctic the truth is almost everyday is cold.  Our bodies do acclimate.  Around zero is jacket weather for some.  For me, jacket weather is more like the 20's and 30's.  Now that our temps have dropped down back to the normal seasonal chill, I'm really feeling it down to the bone and don't look forward to going out as much.  Regardless, I hope you are warm and toasty where you are at today!
    
Sew Thoughtful

Who can resist grey and yellow themed creative goodness?  I couldn't.  The blank notecards worked out perfectly with these sewing themed stamps.  Both stamps sets are from Red Rubber Designs:  "Sew Thoughtful" & "Sew Thankful".

Sewing Themed Notecard ~ Inkcicles

I used a modge-podge of old embellies.  I'm ashamed to say that I think all them embellies have been in my stash for years!  I confess.  I'm so bad at using up stuff that I treasure.  My collection would be so much smaller if I'd let myself go and use them up.  I'm discovering that it's simply a waste to not use them up.



Sew Thankful

In the spirit of not wasting things, I'm happy to say that I've already sent out one of these cards.  It feels good to move forward.

Smiles,
~Nancy

Have a GREAT day & THANK YOU for visiting me!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sweet Pea Card

Sweet Pea ~ Special Delivery

Hello!  Happy Wednesday!  It's sunny and bright here in the arctic today.  Bright and sunny often means that our temperatures will drop.  Forecasts put us at temps down 40 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit) this week.  Add the windchill and it's mighty cold.  I'm considering skipping our mail run today and stay nice and cozy inside instead.  How's your weather?  The morning news reported lots of blizzard conditions across the nation.  YIKES!  Where ever you are today, be safe.

These days homeschooling continues on and I find myself not crafting as often.  I'm pretty sure I crafted more when I worked full-time and wasn't home as much.  So today I'm pulling out a card from the archive.  It was made for my best friend's baby shower.

Thank you so much for stopping by blog today!  It was nice to share.

Smiles,
~Nancy

CARD DETAILS:
The papers and stamps were chosen to compliment my friends preferences.  Last time we crafted together she had picked the same papers for a card she was going to gift and I knew how much she liked the designs.

The papers were from DCWV's "Once Upon a Time" mat stack.  The stamps were from my very old stamping collection.  Copics were used to color baby and part of the blanket.  I wound up paper piecing the other part of the blanket and the whole pea pod.  Most paper edges were sponged with VersaMagic pigment inks and let's not forget the doodling on the die cuts and pretty embellies!


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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Family Fun

Not the usual post but I just couldn't help it.  {BIG SMILES}.  Today was the annual craft fair in Barrow.  I look forward to it every year.  It's so fun to seeing everyone, check out the art, and SHOP.
Artist: Sarah Martinsen
This year was our daughter's first time.  She had a blast.  She found so many goodies to ask her Daddy for.  He bought her more than I would.  She figured it out early on to stick with Daddy while shopping.  Maybe I should of stuck close and I would of come home with more too.  Wink-Wink.

Grant Family by Sarah Martinsen
So what did I take home?  I picked up a few little gifts.  All were handmade and that's about all I can say right here.  The one thing I can share is this caricature we had done of all three of us.  I smile every time I look at it.  Ellie sat really still for the sitting.  We were so proud of her.  Maybe someday we will have a more formal portrait done of us.  Local artist, Sarah Martinsen, whipped this up for us.  She is pictured in the top photo with the Santa hat on.  It was cool to meet her.  Her website is in the process of being put together.  Once it's done you'll have to check it out.  Her style is cute and clever.

I hope you are having a great weekend.  I'm glad you stopped.

Smiles,
~Nancy



 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Stamped Cards

Clear Dollar Stamps
I had a hankering to color over the weekend.  When it comes to coloring, I tend to lean towards the more cutesy images and here is what this hankering lead to.  I used Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm designer paper and the same blank notecards.  Mixed in there was Stickles, Prima Flowers, and washi tape.  Coloring was done with Copics.  Inks were Versa Magic, Palatte, and TAC Chalk inks and finally the stamps were from The Angel Company and Clear Dollar Stamps.

The Angel Company

As I am writing this post I realized a very sad thing.  All the cards were made with stamps from a companies that are no longer in business.  :-(   So-so-so sad.  My studio is filled with stamps from companies that don't exist.  Clear Dollar Stamps and The Angel Company are no more.

The Angel Company
Some artist don't keep out of date stamps.  Yes, it is nice to stay current.  Yes, only current supplies are publishable in the magazine community.  Yes, demonstrators need to have current samples for what they sell.  Regardless, I'm keeping mine.

The Angel Company

I purchase or earn stamps because I like them and I keep all my stamps that inspire me to create.   Many sets remind me of special people or events in my life.  They are personal to my style and my heart.  How many times do you buy supplies knowing exactly who you are going to gift your final creation to?  I have a ton of sentiment sets simply for that reason.  It breaks my heart that those companies are no more.

Yikes!  What a realization and here I thought I only had simple cards to share.

Smiles,
~Nancy

LINKING TO:
Pretty Wednesdays with Keren Dukes #15 (FPTFY)
The DIY Dreamer #97 - Party Time

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pink Persimmon Cards

Hello!  Today I am sharing these three cards made with Pink Persimmon stamps.  I can't believe that I made these cards over a year ago and I'm just now getting around to posting them.  Life sure did take a detour there for awhile.   

Stamps: Happy Girl


All the images were colored with Copics and paper pieced.  Lots of dies and punches used too.  I also used a combination of Basic Grey and Graphic 45 papers.

Stamps: Mermaid Pearls & Key to My Heart

By the way, Pink Persimmon is having a cyber sale on Wednesday (December 4, 2013) called Pink Wednesday Super Sale.  You can read all about it on their blog:  Get Ready for Pink Wednesday! 


Stamps: Baby Pearls & Carnival Alphabet

So that's it for now.  Short and sweet.

Smiles,
~Nancy  

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The DIY Dreamer





Pretty Wednesday Linky Party #15
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Naked Simple Notecard



Oh my!  It's a naked notecard!  Not quite naked but almost.  What do I mean?  Instead of using my blank as a card matte and all covered up, here it's the actual card with one little layer.  The owl was stamped on white card stock and cut out with a Spellbinders die.  Coloring was done with all Copic markers.  Red ink was used to distress the edges of the die cut along with doodling as a boarder.  I wasn't sure if I would like the doodling.  I was afraid that I would mess it up.  In the end it came out just right.  

"Who Loves Ya Baby?" Card
What do you think?

Smiles,
~Nancy

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Pretty Wednesdays with Keren Dukes (FPTFY)
LINK PARTY #14